Will my baby’s pediatrician have problems treating him due to the lack of genetic information?

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    eliza durham

    Hello,

    I’ve overcome breast cancer and due to chemotherapy I’ve run out of eggs because I’m 41 now. My husband has also fertility issues (secretory azoospermia). Our situation couldn’t be worse, but we want to have a baby, so we are undergoing double-donor IVF, even though we are concerned about our baby’s genetics.

    In fact, we are worried about the risk of receiving a less optimal medical care because the lack of genetic information about the donor the pediatrician will have. Is a certain amount of genetic information about the donor made available so that we don’t have problems when treating our baby?

    Thank you!

    January 12, 2016 at 9:06 am
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    Sandra F.
    Fertility counselor

    Dear eliza,

    do not worry about this, as in cases of gamete (eggs and sperm) donation, extensive medical and genetic information about donors is made available, both personal and family information. Besides, many donors agree to be reached in the future precisely for cases like that you are suggesting here, that is, in case the physician treating the donor-conceived child needs any additional medical information. However, this is unnecessary in the great majority of the cases.

    Anyhow, my recommendation for recipients (and also for prospective donors) is to ask for as much information about the donor as he/she is willing to and able to provide. Moreover, considering whether your donor will be available in case your child’s pediatrician needs some additional information is also appropriate before choosing one candidate or another.

    Best wishes

    January 20, 2016 at 11:38 am
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      Lauren williams

      Hey Eliza. Let me tell you something. My son was conceived through donor eggs… At the age of 7, he started having heavy headaches… I was so worried that I took him to the pediatrician. And she said “do you have a family history of cephalea?” and you know what I said? “I don’t know, he has conceive through an anonymous egg donor”. Don’t be fearless to tell your children about egg donation, or else you could go through a similar situation. Believe me I would’ve rather told him before.

      September 5, 2016 at 11:09 am
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